Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.
But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.
This was an enjoyable book, but Matthew was a confusing narrator, and that made it harder to read the book, and took away from it, and I almost didn't finish it at first, but after a while, I got a bit used to it, so I got to the ending, and it was a fairly great novel to read.
The plot was enjoyable, once I got past the confusion as to how different me and Matthew view things, and with the side stories of each character when we needed them, they were a welcome edition to the books, adding a level to the book, so we could understand the characters a bit more, and the stories were important to what was going on at the time, so that was good!
The character relationships, they were deeper, because they are hiding for their personal safety, if not their lives, having been shunned because they weren't like everyone else, and sent to institutions or they ran away, and got lucky and made it to Safe.
Overall, this was a good book, it was just hard to get into Matt's narrative, but the rest of the book was good, so if you can take not understanding what something is, or following the chain of thought, then this would be a great book for you!
Author: Leah Bobet
Read: May 29th, 31st, 2012
Reason Why: It sounded great, it's a DAC book, LLFL book, and a 2012 Dystopian novel! Yeah!
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Published: April 1st 2012